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Yacht & Small Craft Professional Qualification

The IIMS is a recognised educator of marine surveyors and has been doing so successfully for more than 15 years. The Institute is committed to delivering the best education for existing yacht and small craft marine surveyors and is passionate about developing the next generation of surveyors.  The yacht and small craft professional qualification marine surveying course material is current, accurate and is regarded to be the best material of its kind anywhere in the world. Furthermore, IIMS is the only professional body to offer a formal marine surveying qualification. It has been produced by authors who are passionate and knowledgeable about their specialism and who are recognised experts in their fields. The course has been written to produce the best possible learning outcome for those who study it.

The Yacht & Small Craft Professional Qualification in Marine Surveying course allows you to decide when and where you want to study.

To achieve the qualification you are required to study and pass four CORE units plus an additional four SPECIALIST units of your choice from the ten that are available. Students have two years to complete the course. It is then possible to upgrade your qualification to an Advanced Professional Qualification in Yacht & Small Craft Marine Surveying. This means a further one year of study and an additional four SPECIALIST units to pass.

If you travel, you can take the units with you to continue studying and make good use of your travelling time.

The benefits of studying with the Institute are that you become a Student Member of the Institute whilst training and you can therefore participate in all the Institute activities, including one day training courses, seminars and conferences.

One of the most beneficial factors of distance learning study is that you apply your learning immediately. So, as the course progresses you can apply the knowledge, skills and expertise gained to your work.

Click any of the links below for more information on a specific unit.

The CORE Units
Core Unit 1: Introduction to Marine Surveying
Core Unit 2: Materials and Corrosion (Unit is in two parts)
Core Unit 3: Stability
Core Unit 4: Report Writing

The SPECIALIST units
Specialist Unit 18: Marine Incident Investigation
Specialist Unit 21: Marine Coatings
Specialist Unit 23: Inspecting Yacht & Small Craft Engines
Specialist Unit 24: Surveying Small Craft Systems & Mechanical Installations
Specialist Unit 25: Surveying FRP Craft
Specialist Unit 26: Surveying Steel & Aluminium Alloy Small Craft
Specialist Unit 28: Inspecting Small Craft Rigs & Sails
Specialist Unit 29: Surveying Wooden Craft
Specialist Unit 31: Maritime Law & Insurance
Specialist Unit 32: Hulls & Machine Damage Claims

Student comments
Read what past students who have studied with IIMS have had to say.

‘Many thanks for the feedback and all your support over the duration of the course. To say that I am delighted is an understatement as I am over the moon with delight’.
Mr J O’Sullivan
‘I would like to thank all involved in the very valuable and excellent course. I certainly lived up to my expectations and more’.
Mr G Parrotte
‘Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the course. I have really enjoyed completing the assignments. It was a very thorough and well thought out introduction to the marine surveying profession’.
Mr K Butterfield

Read the course prospectus:
Yacht & Small Craft Professional Qualification in Marine Surveying Prospectus

Click to register your interest in the IIMS Professional Qualification in Yacht & Small Craft Marine Surveying

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